B is for Betsy by Carolyn Haywood (1939)

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B is for Betsy is the first book I remember reading as a little girl.    My mother bought this book for me just before I started first grade — bless her!   Twenty years later I read it to my own children and now nearly fifty years later they are reading it to their children.  It’s that good!

Betsy is starting school for the first time and she’s a little nervous.  All the adults in her life tell her how much she’ll love her first grade class and teacher, but she’s not so sure.  Finally her mother comes up with a secret plan to help Betsy overcome her fear.

Back in 1967 my mother used the same secret surprise to help me as I began first grade at Maywood Elementary in Seattle, Washington.  Who knows, maybe you’ll borrow Betsy’s secret too!

When you have a character as lovable as Betsy, you want more!  Happily there are ELEVEN more books by Carolyn Haywood about little Betsy!  If you’ve got voracious readers at your house, a good series is your best friend!

Early grades reading level, 144 pages, Fiction, Published in 1939.


About kidsbooksworthreading

Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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